• Sat, Feb 28 2009

    Managing Shadow Printing in Older CorelDRAW Releases

    By Steve Bain If you're using an older version of CorelDRAW and you've had problems printing drop shadows in specific ink colors, here's a tip you may find invaluable. In this installment, I'll show you a workaround that will enable you to change your drop shadow color model from CMYK to spot color.
    • Sat, Feb 28 2009

    Weekend Widget: Sib Icon Editor

    There are a number of different file formats you can create with Corel PHOTO-PAINT, but it isn't really geared towards creating icon files. Sure, you can create the art in Corel PHOTO-PAINT or your favorite image editor. But you'll need some other software to help you save that artwork in the proper icon formats. Sib Icon Editor is a free utility that will allow you to create and save icons in a wide variety of...
    • Fri, Feb 27 2009

    News of the Day: Corel Painter 11 Released

    Corel has released the latest version of their natural media painting program, Painter 11 . For those who have never used Painter, it isn't just another imaging editing program. It makes you feel as if you have a brush in your hand. And it is the application that truly shows off Wacom tablets . Highlights of the new version are forty new variants for drawing and sketching. Documents can now store color profiles in...
    • Fri, Feb 27 2009

    Advanced color processing for vector shapes

    wOxxOm Curve Channel Mixer offers advanced color processing for vector shapes.
    • Thu, Feb 26 2009

    Eight New Themed Topics Added to Blog Rotation

    If you have been reading the blog for a while, you know that we added seven themed topics last summer. Each of those themes is tied to a specific day of the week and archived on the Web site. Those topics are Macro Monday , Tutorial Tuesday , Hump Day Hardware , Thursday Tip , Font Friday , Weekend Widget and Sunday Stock . Having these topics has led to some great posts over the past seven months. The schedule also presents...
    • Thu, Feb 26 2009

    Thursday Tip: Speed Up File Operations in CorelDRAW X4

    Some users of CorelDRAW X4 complain that file operations like opening and saving are much slower than in previous versions. Others don't experience these problems. I'm one of the lucky ones in that regard, but viewing a folder full of CDR files in Windows Explorer was painfully slow. After talking with some of my friends at Corel, I found a solution to the folder slowness and I think the same issue is causing...
    • Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Hump Day Hardware: Senseo Coffee Machines

    I sometimes get a puzzled look from users as they arrive at the CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot Camp . They want to start their day with a cup of coffee and they don't see a full pot waiting for them. We definitely have coffee for them, we just brew it one cup at a time using a Senseo pod-based coffee machine . For many years we had a traditional pot of coffee and we found that we faced two types of classes. Either the users...
    • Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Tutorial Tuesday: Parallel Lines

    I remember attending a presentation done by someone at Corel many years ago. In it, they described how a feature goes from a request to the drawing board to part of CorelDRAW. The feature used as an example was drawing parallel lines. Yet no such feature exists in the program to this day. Note that I didn't say it couldn't be done. Jeff Harrison put together a quick video tutorial that shows you how it is done...
    • Mon, Feb 23 2009

    CorelDRAW Design Contest 2009

    Corel, the program developer of CorelDRAW, Corel Photo-Paint, Corel Paint Shop Pro and Corel Painter, launches an international competition in illustration & graphic design. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, which includes CorelDRAW and Corel Photo-Paint are the programs to be used to be able to apply and compete. So either if you already have a license and already working with the programs, or if you like to compete,...
    • Mon, Feb 23 2009

    Macro Monday: Jeff's PHOTO-PAINT Tools

    When you are doing production work in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, it is often necessary to perform some functions quite often. None of them is particularly difficult, but it may take several steps to accomplish each task. Jeff's PHOTO-PAINT Tools makes all of these functions easier by reducing the tasks to a single click. I think you'll find that having these features available with a click is something you just won't...
    • Sun, Feb 22 2009

    New Rules for the Pick Tool

    by Steve Bain If you’re a legacy CorelDRAW user peforming advanced design or illustration tasks or even basic vector drawing work, this may pique your interest. Since the release of version 12, there have been a couple of key changes to CorelDRAW’s Pick Tool default behavior. You can no longer manipulate object nodes using just the Pick Tool and you’ll need to pay closer attention when selecting [.....
    • Sun, Feb 22 2009

    Sunday Stock: Mardi Gras

    The calendar gets the best of me sometimes. This year has definitely passed faster than most and I didn't even realize that Mardi Gras (Carnival) was upon us until a friend mentioned it a couple of days ago. That led me to search for some artwork with a Mardi Gras theme. The folks at Clipart and Fonts have a collection of Mask clipart that is pretty cool and you can download a free sample to decide if it is right...
    • Sun, Feb 22 2009

    Live Filet for CorelDRAW X3/X4

    This macro I conceived was built by Shelby, and allows for "live visual results" for Filets.
    • Sun, Feb 22 2009

    Does working with text in CorelDRAW X4 seem slow?

    You probably know that the new "live text" feature is slowing you down. If you have a very powerful system less than 2 or 3 years old, Live Text might update or redraw at a reasonable rate for you.What about everyone else? Not every artist has a new computer, and neither do I. Up until today, I'd reach for CorelDRAW X3 for all new projects . Why? On my system, working with text in X4 was agony for; Moving...
    • Sat, Feb 21 2009

    Weekend Widget: FotoFusion

    A few months ago I was doing some training and one of the users told me about FotoFusion . That evening I looked at the Web site and was intrigued by the product. I told myself that once I got some of that elusive free time, I'd download the trial and give it a longer look. Before I had the chance to do that, I saw the product in action at a trade show and was truly amazed by some of the things that it did. Some of...
    • Fri, Feb 20 2009

    Font Friday: President

    This week has had a real presidential theme. It started out with President's Day (US holiday), then President Obama visited Phoenix (my hometown) on Wednesday. Yesterday President Obama was in Ottawa (Corel's hometown). So I thought it was only appropriate to tie it all together with a font by the name of President . Even more interesting is that the font's author is listed as Corel. My memory isn't good...
    • Thu, Feb 19 2009

    Thursday Tip: Treat As Filled

    There are a handful of default settings in CorelDRAW that I absolutely detest. I can argue that they are the wrong settings for me, but other users really like these settings so they do have value to someone. Today I'm going to vent about the Treat as Filled setting. When this is activated, all objects are treated as if they have a fill. This means you can click inside of them and they will be selected. Sounds simple...
    • Wed, Feb 18 2009

    Creating abstract vector backgrounds

    Click on the image below, and hopefully you can follow the steps.
    • Wed, Feb 18 2009

    Hump Day Hardware: Power Supplies

    In January I talked about various components that make up the guts of a computer. When we talk about motherboards, powerful processors, memory, graphics cards, hard drives and more; we have to also talk about something to provide a steady source of clean power to all of those components. Over the past few years, the amount of power needed to run a computer has gone up quite a bit. So it is important that you properly...
    • Tue, Feb 17 2009

    Nifty macro for Corel Photo-PAINT

    hi Folks, I put together this macro for Corel Photo-PAINT. It contains several handy functions in one convenient interface.
    • Tue, Feb 17 2009

    Tutorial Tuesday: Adding Color to Black and White Photos with Corel PHOTO-PAINT

    Today we're going to roll back the clock a bit. The tutorial is ten years old and it can show you how to liven up photos that are even older. Adding Color to Black and White Photos with Corel PHOTO-PAINT gives you techniques for colorizing those old photos. Yes, it is an older tutorial using Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 to show you the steps. The good news is that the techniques are nearly identical in newer versions so it...
    • Mon, Feb 16 2009

    Costa Rica means too busy to blog!

    No time for an article, Loyal Readers. Here is an image from the middle of my 22 day odyssey to placate you. This is the Waterfall at Monteverde Park in Costa Rica.  More articles upon my return unless, (unlikely) I get time. Rikk Flohr del.icio.us Tags: costa Rica,waterfall
    • Mon, Feb 16 2009

    A macro to copy elements across multiple pages

    This free macro allows users to quickly duplicate element(s) across a range of pages in a document.
    • Mon, Feb 16 2009

    Macro Monday: Orbytool

    Some macros automate a tedious task with many steps. While today's choice may automate a number of steps, it creates really cool effects in the process. Orbytool is a macro that works in Corel PHOTO-PAINT versions 7-X4. If you are wanting to create some sort of a round object, like a Web button, this is a tool you'll really love. There are a number of presets from which to choose and you can even customize the...
    • Sun, Feb 15 2009

    Macro for adding borders to shapes or bitmaps

    This free macro allows you to create borders around bitmaps or the bounding boxes of other shapes.